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Max Euwe vs Alexander Alekhine
Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Oct-10
Semi-Slav Defense: Romih Variation (D46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-04-07  micartouse: In the final ending, white can't get the h-pawn without giving up the e-pawn. No real progress is possible if Black holds tight.
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  kevin86: In this case,I think it was an advantage for Alekhine had a rook pawn in the ending. Euwe has no real place to attack it. Tempo moves are useless and there is no way to chase the black king from g7. A pawn exchange would result in a stone-cold draw.
Aug-17-07  Calli: Reshevsky claims an unusual win for Euwe by protecting e3 with the bishop at g1 thusly 37.hxg5 hxg5 38.Bh2 Bd5 39.Bg1 The rest is left to the student ;->
Mar-26-08  Knight13: Yes, kevin, but the bigger reason is that the pawn being on opposite color of his own bishop and opponent's made this drawing coordination possible.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Calli: Reshevsky claims an unusual win for Euwe by protecting e3 with the bishop at g1 thusly 37.hxg5 hxg5 38.Bh2 Bd5 39.Bg1 The rest is left to the student ;->>

Hm, I would like to see such a student. What is the winning plan here? With bad DS Bishop tied to the defence of Pe3 and Pd4 solidly blocked I don't see it. Am I missing something obvious here?

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  Mateo: I wonder why Euwe did not play 25.Rxb7.
Dec-09-17  Retireborn: <Mateo> Could be an error in the score. My score for this game gives 18...Bd7 as played; in that case Euwe would not play 25.Rxd7 because of the Nf6.

I think my score is from a book of the match, but unfortunately I no longer own it. 18...Bb7 has probably just been copied from Chessbase or similar.

Hopefully a real Euwe or Alekhine expert will be able to clear it up.

Jul-07-19  rcs784: <micartouse> I'm curious--what do the 7-man tablebases say about this endgame? Was there ever some computer line winning for White that Euwe missed somewhere?
Jul-07-19  Retireborn: <rcs784> I think it's a pretty obvious draw, even not using tablebase. Alekhine needed to find 47...Kf6 (only move), the rest would not have been dificult.
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  Phony Benoni: A few more-or-less contemporary sources confirming <18...Bd7>

<London Guardian>, October 13, 1937 (game played on October 10)

<Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, October 21, 1937.

18...Bd7 also appears in the <American Chess Bulletin> (September / October 1937, p. 92) and <Chess Review> (November 1937, p. 152-153).

Given the tactical problems with <18...Bb7> (White misses 25.Rxb7 Rc2 26.Rxb6, winning a pawn), it seems clear that <Retireborn> is right and 18...Bb7 is an error. Still, in dealing with world championship games, it never hurts to have as much evidence as possible; for example, cntemporary Dutch newspapers might be conclusive.

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  MissScarlett: <<London Guardian>, October 13, 1937 >

Not to quibble, but it was the <Manchester Guardian> until 1959, and the <(Manchester) Guardian> until 1961.

<I think my score is from a book of the match, but unfortunately I no longer own it.>

I believe this is a reference to Purdy's book.

<18...Bb7> is given by Skinner & Verhoeven (who cite 4 sources), but it's clear from their use of Alekhine's notes (taken from <Legado!>) that that can't be correct. Alekhine suggests instead of <23...Qxc7>, the line <23....Qb4! (24.Bc3 Qa3 25.Ba1 Qb3 26.Bd1 Qe6 etc.>. But <25...Qb3> loses the Bb7. Actually, <25.Ba1> there is a blunder that itself loses to <25...Rc8>, whereas <25.Ra1> makes sense.

So, yes, <18...Bd7> has to be the move.

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Please quibble away. The newspaper subscription service I used called it <The Guardian (London)>. But, now tthat I look at the top of the actual page, it is indeed <Manchester Guardian.>. A good lesson!

I often get the impression that writers in the database era pull in the games from databases, but don't check the scores against the sources they cite. This is understandable: the databases are probably 99 and 44/100ths per cent pure, so checking the moves seems to unnecessarily add a lot of time to a project which has already taken years. This keps the nitpickers in business, as well as those who compile lists of Blunders of the Masters.

If I were to kibitz every time I found a discrepancy between ACB and <CG>, I wouldn't have time to find any.

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  Pawn and Two: In Purdy's, 'Extreme Chess - World Championships 1935-1937-1972', Black's 18th move is 18...Bd7.

In Alekhine's, 'The World's Chess Championship, 1937', with annotations by Alekhine and Euwe, Black's 18th move is 18...Bd7.

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